Scott Terry's solo home run in the seventh inning lifted Tennessee Tech to a 2-1 victory over Tennessee at Bush Stadium in Cookeville on Tuesday, snapping the Vols' 23-game winning streak in the series.
Terry's second home run of the season to right with two outs off reliever Rob Fitzgerald (1-1) snapped a 1-1 tie as the Golden Eagles improved to 18-17.
Ben Downs came on in the eighth and retired five straight Vol hitters before Chad LeGate lined a single to right center for his second hit of the game to give the Vols life in the ninth. But as was the case all night, Tennessee couldn't get the clutch hit as Downs struck out Jordan Czarniecki to preserve the lead and notch his first save.
Collins Hughes (2-3), the fourth Tech pitcher of the night, picked up the win in two innings of work yielding the only Vol run in the sixth.
Starter Greg Canada got Tech off to a good start by striking out four in three innings of work, allowing just a lead off single to Czarniecki in the first. Doug Vincent and Ben Pincus each hurled one inning apiece, battling out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively.
The Vols (24-17) let their best chance to break the game open off Vincent slip away in the fourth after loading the bases with no outs on a walk, a single and a hit batter. Vincent buckled down and struck out Nick Crowe before inducing two straight pop ups to end the threat.
Tech responded by plating its first run in the bottom of the inning as Cole Helms, who led off with a double to left, scored on Casey Benjamin's single up the middle that got by three Volunteers. Helms doubled twice for Tech which had six hits.
The Vols tied the game in the sixth as Javi Herrera tripled to center with one out and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Crowe.
Steve Wesley turned in a solid performance in his first start for Tennessee as he logged six innings, allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
Tennessee travels to Baton Rouge, La., to face the No. 8 Tigers in a three-game series at Alex Box Stadium this weekend. Game times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Lady Vol rowing stays in top 20
The University of Tennessee women's rowing team maintained its position in the top 20 of the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll in Wednesday's version of the ratings.
The Lady Vols received a ranking of 20th for the second week in a row after claiming the Varsity 8+ title at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., last weekend.
California claimed the poll's top spot for the third-consecutive week with 22 of the 24 first-place votes. Washington ranked second, while Harvard and Stanford remained in third and fourth positions, respectively, garnering one first-place vote each. Princeton University rounded out the top five.
The Lady Vols will compete next in South Carolina against Clemson and No. 12 Washington State on Sunday on Lake Hartwell.